Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe. (From Goodreads)

Huh. That was my first reaction when I finished Bleeding Violet. The book was manic, much like the main character Hanna was. But when I thought about it, the whole town was manic. They lived normal lives with monsters around and people disappearing all the time. I'd move as far from there as I possibly could, but people stayed. People even moved to the town to live there!

Hanna's father died and she is living with her Aunt Ulla who wants to send her to a mental ward every time Hanna does something the least bit out of the ordinary. She has bipolar disorder but "I prefer manic-depressive"..."It's much more explicit, don't you think? More honest?" she tells her mother, Rosalee. Hanna takes her pills on and off sporadically, which doesn't work. I have a problem with this because I have bipolar disorder and portraying it as simple as taking a pill for a couple of days and then not taking them, really simplifies the disease. (Off soapbox) But the book is not about being having manic depressive disorder. The whole town is manic depressive. I didn't see anything happy there and everything was manic. I kept thinking at the end that maybe this all took place in Hanna's mind, but there was no indication that it did.

After Aunt Ulla threatens to lock her away forever, Hanna runs away to her mother who she's never met. Her mother isn't accepting of her and neither are the kids at school because she's a transy, someone who just moved there and hadn't seen anything real.  She has to prove herself to both her mother and the kids at school so she can stay. The kids prove easier than her mother.

Despite her altering manic and depressive moods, Hanna is surprisingly lucid as to what to do if you can call talking to her dead father's ghost she can see, a carved wooden swan, and a silver swan lucid. She talks to all these things to help her make decisions, save her life, and almost talk her into death.

Hanna's impulsiveness gets her into trouble more than once and the last time is the worst yet best. It proves to be the one thing that determines whether she can stay with her mother or sent back to Aunt Ulla.

It is truly one of the most bizarre books I've ever read and when I read it again, I'm sure I'll see something new in it and have a different perspective.

This is definitely for an older crowd. Suicide and sex are prevalent throughout the book as well as death. They are treated lightly instead of with the attention they deserve. But for the town of Portero, death is such an everyday occurrence, they are desensitized to it. Maybe the author is trying to make a statement there. Or maybe she isn't trying to make any statement at all.

Monday, July 26, 2010

It Started With a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status. While this rebel image helps secure CG’s new found popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos, with each new lie and every dare opening doors that, in most cases, were better off left shut. CG is on a collision course with disaster. Will she be able to keep up the fa├žade? Or will the whole world find out she’s a fraud? (From Goodreads).

This was an E-book ARC I got from Net-Galley.  I am not being compensated  in any way for my review. 
The release date for this book is September 13, 2010.

This book is definitely not for a younger group. There is a lot of talk about sex and profanity in it and it addresses some issues that younger aged 12 and under might be better off waiting to read about until they are older.

It's high school, the usual scene, the teen queen and her honey bees are around her. The story is told from CG's point of view. CG has just moved there and for some unknown reason, the Queen Bee has graced her with recognition. Her father is CG's father's boss. All of a sudden, CG decides to become this new person so she can stay with the honey bees that hover around the Queen Bee.  She becomes this rebel that never turns down a dare, has done anything they've ever thought about, and doesn't think about anything, but staying in that group. She doesn't care what she has to do to stay there. She doesn't realize at the top that they aren't her friends, they're just the top. Then, she finally takes a look at them and realizes their lives for being so popular and moneyed aren't as perfect as she thought they were and the boy who looked so golden isn't at all. 

This is a typical high school wanna be popular book, but with a twist. CG doesn't have sex with the football team. She doesn't kiss ass to the cool crowd. She doesn't even ingratiate herself to the Queen bee. She builds herself up quickly as the bad girl, the rebel, the daredevil with the Queen Bee and her honey bees. I've never seen the rebel be the one that fit in with the Queen. Her clothes look like they come from secondhand stores, her shoes are Payless, and her back pack is from Good Will. But with each lie she tells she goes up a notch in the groups eyes until they rename themselves, The Four Tops. She shops with them in stores where they buy expensive clothes and she buys nothing, but it doesn't bother her in the least. They live in mansions, she lives in a townhouse that CG's father's company set them up in. She acts like none of it bothers her and it doesn't. She's not label conscious and doesn't care about money, but she does want to be popular.

CG does some unthinkable things, as do her other "tops" and it's hard to imagine how she's going to make the mess she's made go away and keep her position in the Four Tops. Is it even possible? Does she even want it?  She has to figure out who CG is before she can come clean. But will she?

I have to leave it like that though since it's predictable, you probably know what happens. There are some good lessons to be learned from her story. Not all honey bees are happy there. Sometimes the nerds are happier than the queen bees. And being yourself today doesn't mean you have to be that same person tomorrow. You don't have to have everything figured out in high school. You shouldn't. You're ever evolving.

I thought it was a good book. It was a quick easy read. Even at just 300 pages I read it in a few hours. The writing flows and the chapters don't break up the story. It touched on bulimia, slightly on alcoholism, teen sex, teacher/student relationships and as I said there was some profanity in it. It wasn't quite as light hearted as the cover makes it seem, but CG has her funny moments when she's talking in her head. I'd recommend this for 14 and up. I definitely think teen girls will identify with CG and see some part of themselves in her predicament.

Dark Divine By Bree Despain

One thing I forgot to say in my review.  I didn't feel the chemistry in the romance.  The male character was so flat and underdeveloped, he said the right words, but I just didn't feel them.  And she was so undecided about him that it was hard to believe she felt anything for him.  Maybe the romance aspect was played down, but it was a critical part to the story and I didn't feel it.

I know my review is critical of the story, but I did actually enjoy it.  I'm just letting you know all the flaws I saw.  So maybe I should tell you all the good things I read.  A lot of unpredictable twists and turns.  A very different take on a typical story line.  High school hasn't changed.  There are the usual characters there.  There are some really good deeds going on like helping at shelters, donating old clothes, delivering food to the needy.  And that lesson on forgiveness.  The internal struggle that Grace has with herself about the right thing to do versus what she wants.  And the trouble with family secrets.  I've experienced that one first hand and the secrets hurt much more than the truth.

So there are a lot of reasons to read this book.  It's complicated and maybe that's why it didn't flow.  There is so much to think about.  When I read this, I thought I just read this for enjoyment, but I guess I picked up a lot to think about.  Especially why forgiveness is so hard.  If you struggle with that read this book.

Pondering Forgiveness

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.

Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.  As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.  (Taken from Goodreads that quotes this is from the inside jacket of the book.)

First of all, the Divine family looks perfect from the outside.  But perfection on the outside is always hiding a terrible secret on the inside and the Divine family is no different.  Jude, the oldest Divine child is seemingly a Saint.  He spends his afternoons working in the shelter with his dad, he delivers food to those in need, he's preachy, and just too good to be true.  Was he always this way?  We don't know.  We don't know what he was like before this terrible thing happened to him and his friend Daniel disappeared.  Before Daniel left, they had been best of friends, but afterwards, he hated Daniel and wanted everyone in the family to hate him, especially Grace, his sister a year younger than him.

Grace is also saintly.  Truly, these kids are too good to be true, but we get to hear into Grace's mind because she'd like to do some normal teenage things.  And she notices when things are bad between her parents because her mother does what she calls "OCD cleaning", scrubbing and cleaning until her hands are raw and the house is spotless.  And Daniel comes back and Grace can't stay away from him.  Jude pleads with her, but she's drawn to him and despite heroic acts and other good deeds, Grace and her father are the only ones that believe in him, until Grace finds out what happened that night.  After that, she stays away from Daniel.
She can't believe her father would allow him near her.  She wrestles with her faith, there is a lot of Christianity in there about grace and forgiveness so if that bothers you,  skip the book.  It wasn't really preachy, maybe about forgiveness, but I hate preachy books and it didn't bother me at all.

There are other characters in the book that aren't developed at all, but just side dishes.  Amy is Grace's best friend and after years of mooning over Jude from afar all of a sudden she goes up and talks to him and he talks to her and they become an item.  Grace is really shocked because she had no idea that Jude was interested in her.  But Amy only has a few line in the story after that.  Grace's mom could be interesting as she scrubs and cooks to compensate for a fight she and her husband had and then something  her husband is blamed for, but other than discipline and helplessness, she doesn't do anything.  Dad is a character at least I can understand at all.  He leaves everything for Grace to figure out when knowing would have been helpful.
And there's Don, a man that hangs around the parish and works at the market who Mr. Divine is constantly bailing out of trouble because he brings a knife to work.  He's not too hard to figure out, but I didn't put it all together until the very end.

I think the book was a little choppy even though there were titles about what time of day or day of week it was.  It just didn't flow smoothly but, by the ending of the book is so unexpected, I couldn't put the book down at that point.  I had no idea what was going to happen and since the next book comes out in December, it's already on my preorder list.  I think as the writer gains more experience the writing will flow easier and hopefully we will understand the other characters better.

If you don't mind a little scripture with your reading, you will like this book.  It definitely has a lot about forgiveness in it, which we could all use a little more of and really it relates to the story since the father is a preacher.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

"Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart."  From Goodreads

I loved  "Iron Daughter".  I thought it was even better than "Iron King".  Meghan hasn't changed a bit, she's still strong and passionate and willing to do what it takes to save Faery from the IronFey.  This time the enemy is different and at one point strikes close to home.  All the same characters are there, though we get to see more of the Winter Palace and just how cruel Mab can be.  We also meet the other two princes, Sage and Rowan and find a little bit more about their characters.  There is a new celebration also, the passing of the scepter from Summer to Winter but Winter parties a little rougher than Summer so Summer doesn't stay for the celebration.

I liked this novel better because we saw more of the relationship between Ash and Meghan and why Ash acted the way he did in public versus private.  We also get to see more of Puck and the relationship between he and Meghan.  And there is a little more about Meghan's father, though obvious at the time to me, not to Meghan and when I found out why I was saying to myself "Oh, that's why."  Very well hidden.

The action of the book is based on the fact that the scepter is stolen from Winter and Mab blames Summer or more precisely, Meghan.  The rest of the book, Meghan and others try to find the stolen scepter.
The war between Summer and Winter will proceed unless the stolen scepter is found and returned to Winter.  And Mab will not believe Meghan about the IronFey, because she is half human, she is able to lie.  And Ash is never around while Meghan needs him to back her up.  So, she's left to her own devices until some old friends show up to help her out.  They have to race against time in order to prevent the war and keep their numbers high so they can fight the army of the new Iron King.

I can't tell you anymore as I don't want to give the  ending away.  Don't cheat.  But I can't see how the next book will start.  All I can say is I did not see that ending coming at all.  Never in a million years.  I was happy and sad.  And very confused.  Any way, can't wait for Iron Queen!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review of 13 To Life by Shannon Delany

13 to Life isn't hard to figure out.  From the beginning you know that Pietr Rusakova is different and you're pretty sure on the first day he attends school what that is.  But he is well rounded.  He has more feelings than most guys do in real life and he's a heart throb.  Jessie, the heroine, is chosen to guide him around school the first two days of class and she doesn't like him.  She, of course, is in love with the football star Derek.  And lately he's been  paying her a lot of attention.  But she can't tell if his intentions are honest or if he's just stringing her along.

We know that there is a huge disaster that has happened in Jessica's life and the author gives us bits and pieces as the novel goes on.  I like how she lets us know what the disaster is, then later on reveals the rest of the details that make it even more tragic.  Jessica has two BFF's though she's always calling one her BFF and leaving her real BFF out of the loop.  Sarah and Amy.  Jessie helped nurse Sarah back to health when she had something tragic happen to her, basically teaching her how to do everything all over again and Jessie gives Sarah anything she wants, including Pietr even though she and him like each other.  Pietr goes along with it.  Sarah begins as a lost puppy dog and then seems to get some spunk and sharp tongue.

Amy  is Jessie's true friend  with a no nonsense attitude.  She doesn't put up with the give Sarah everything she wants business.  And she stands behind any decision Jessie makes, unless it involves Derek.  Anyone but Jessie sees he's no good for her, but there's a reason for her crush that goes beyond football star.  It comes out very late in the book.

There are other background characters, not fully developed, but Alexi, Pietr's oldest brother is more developed.  He's short tempered, mean and suspicious. He seems to be at odds with both of his brothers, Pietr and Max.  He seems okay with Charlotte their sister, but then she's very quiet.

The story was great until the end.  I thought the introduction of  who they introduced and the storyline crashed and burned from there.  It seemed like the writer decided to go in a whole new direction and then hurried up the ending.  I would have let Jessie and Pietr have their camping trip and then introduced the characters they did at a later time.

All in all though,  I'd read it again and the sequel comes out in February which I'm so glad I don't have to wait a year for it.  I'm hoping for a better ending this time around.

I'd give it a solid B plus.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Now I know this one has been reviewed to death, but here's my take on it.  I'd heard all the hype and usually things don't live up to their hype, especially entertainment type things.  So, despite loving Lament and Ballad (forgive my shortened titles)  I was prepared to not like this book.  Boy was I wrong.  It lived up to every bit of it's hype and then some.  I know a lot of you have been to the book store but I "pre-ordered" mine from Amazon and they've only moved the date up to the 19th.  So, I'll keep myself busy.  I do have a lot of reading to do.

I loved how observant in tune Sam was to Grace's needs.  That her parents weren't really very parental at all.  I loved how he tried to stay human for her for as long as he could.  He was so self sacrificing, torn between two worlds as he was.  The candy store trip was so romantic.  And he was so protective of Grace, afraid of losing control, wanting to take her out on a real date.  I fell in love with Sam wishing I was in high school again with a real guy like that instead of the guys like Jack that always seemed to like me.

And then Olivia.  As soon as she started missing school, I knew what had happened.  But I was surprised she took to it so well.  And then there was Isabelle.  She tried to be strong and tough but she suffered as much loss as Grace did because she lost her brother twice.  I think of anyone in the book, I felt most sorry for her, because in the end, she had no one.  Grace still had Sam, even though she hadn't seen him.  Olivia was what she wanted to be.

The last few pages were unbelievable.  I wish I had been standing on that deck watching or better yet, standing in the woods looking at Grace's reaction.  Please tell me that Linger is the last book in the series because I don't want to wait forever for the next book to come out after it.  I'd definitely give this one two thumbs up!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Louisa Cosgrove is the main character of this great Gothic tale with a twist.  She is not your average Victorian girl.  While other girls play with dolls, she plays marbles with her brother.  She takes apart her expensive doll to see how it is made.  And she wants to be a doctor.  She is a constant source of trouble to her mother, only because she doesn't follow the social norms of Victorian society.  Her father, a doctor, encourages her to learn though and before he dies, wishes that she become a doctor.

Louisa and her brother Tom don't get along.  She hopes after her father dies that he will help her convince her mother to let her go to medical school.  But when she visits Tom in London, she finds him unkempt and broke and finds he's been gambling and he laughs at her dreams.

Louisa is dogged by her mother after her father dies.  She is lost without him and Louisa does everything  even sleeping in the same room with her mother.  Her one escape is to Carr Head where her cousin Grace is about to be married.  Louisa goes without her mother and after drinking a little too much wine makes the mistake of speaking her mind about women being as capable as men at being doctors.  The men at the table, including Grace's fiance are outraged and Louisa runs out in shame.  Later  Louisa commits an unthinkable act and runs away from Carr Head with only a note not even taking a carriage back to her home.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan

The Mermaid's Mirror is a beautiful story about a girl who has been living with the belief that her mother died when she was four and finds out that the circumstances were somewhat different than what she knew.  It's apparent early on where the story is headed, but not about the choices that have to be made or the costs of those choices.

Lena is almost sixteen and has lately been finding herself waking up in the early mornings on the beach, barefoot in her pajamas.  What's more she believes she's seeing a mermaid in the water.  And she is taking surfing lessons on the sly, because her father will not let her despite her deep love of the ocean.  She's a natural at it and in a risky move, she surfs Magick, a place where even the best surfers are wary of because of the reefs and holes.  It is there that she sees the mermaid again and receives something from her that opens up the mystery surrounding her mother's death.

I stayed up until five am reading this book, it was that good.  It had some romance, not much, but it was more about family and trust and Lena having to make tough choices.  She hovers between two worlds and is only allowed to choose one for the rest of her life and Fate has been cruel in putting her true love in one and her family in another.  Madigan gives a fascinating glimpse into what a merperson's world would look like and what their days would be filled with and I think she does an equally good job and portraying Lena as a typical teen.

The story flowed smoothly and nothing felt contrived  or out of place.  Madigan's writing is easy to read and moves along at a fast pace considering I read the book in a few hours in the middle of the night.  I also just couldn't put it down.  I had to know what Lena's choice was because there wasn't a win/win situation for her.  The epilogue is a good way to end the book, though somewhat a given considering all that has happened.  I only wish that maybe a merman's head would have popped up at Magicks while Lena was there, hoping there was someway to redeem that situation. Ms. Madigan also includes a little information in the back of the book stating that Magicks was based on a real place where a surfer died.

I received this book as and E-book ARC from Houghton Mifflen Harcourt to review.  I received not monetary or other compensation for reviewing this book.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Karma Bites By Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Karma Bites was the funnest read I've had in a long time.  It's definitely geared towards a younger crowd, the ten to fourteen year old crowd and fourteen may be pushing it, but I'm in my forties and I loved it.  All the typical middle school players are there, the jocks, the cheerleaders, the band geeks, the smart geeks, the loners and a few special people that can go back and forth between the groups.  That's what the main character of the novel, Franny, is, a floater.  And the stress of it is making her crazy even before the first day of seventh grade.  So when her very interesting and well traveled Grandma gives her a glimpse at a magic box, Franny sees a way to "fix" things.  Give a seventh grade girl with an imagination a little bit of magic and sit back and watch the mayhem begin.

It feels like Franny's world is in a free fall from the first magic she uses.  It all starts when the hair dye she's using turns her hair bright orange.  Her mother is having a meltdown and can't help.  So she turns to her eccentric grandmother who pulls something out of her closet and pours it on her hair making it go back to it's original color.  But, it was a magic potion and the side effects make Franny say exactly what she feels.  She talks to people that aren't socially acceptable and talks back to a teacher which results in her being sent to the prinicipal, a first for her.  She demands answers from her grandmother when she gets home and finds out about a secret box with magic recipes she just can't keep her hands off of it.  She doesn't seem to remember her grandmother's warnings about messing with the universe as she fixes this and that.  But all her plans seem to go awry and it takes someone powerful to put things back in place.  Through it all Franny is trying to juggle friends,  cliques, seventh grade, divorced parents, lies, magic, unraveling friendships and boy troubles and it all becomes a big complicated mess.  Like most of us in seventh grade, it feels like there's no way it could work out, but the answers are simple when she's given them.

I really didn't want this novel to end.  It was fun to read and remember what we called junior high school and the things that seemed so big back then that are so small now in comparison.  I wanna go back.  I'd rather take on the cheerleaders than the bank any day of the week!  I recommend this book from preteens to anyone that wants an easy read about middle school and how much trouble a girl with a little bit of magic can make.  She and her grandmother end up with a great relationship because of it and she does learn some life lessons along the way, but I think the reader may not catch that.  I'd definitely read this again.

This was sent to me as an E-Book ARC  on NetGalley from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  I received no monetary or other compensation for this review. 

This novel is due for release August 16th

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Strangers by Mary Anna Evans

Disclaimer- I received this book as an ebook ARC from Poisoned Pen Press.  I am not receiving any monetary compensation for my review of this book.

Strangers by Mary Anna Evans Title Publication Date 10/01/2010
p.322  includes commentary from author in back of book

Strangers is the sixth title in a series of books about Faye Mantooth and her now husband Joe Wolf Mantooth.  Just jumping into the series now, I can gather that their romance blossomed over the course of the series and in this novel Faye, at forty, is expecting their first child in about five weeks.  I requested this ARC because it takes place in St. Augustine, Florida a  place I know well as I grew up close to it and was a frequent visitor.  Ms. Evans did her research because I found the descriptions of the ghost tours at night, the tourists and the attractions all to be accurate.  She knew the history of St. Augustine better than me and wove a good mystery involving ghosts, loss, love and murder.  The characters were believable and the points of view changed sometimes but were mainly from Faye's point of view so I understood her motivations the most.  As she was the main focus, I saw her as likable, she cared about people, fair minded, but maybe a little too single minded or unable to let go.  She's the type that can't seem to let go or delegate, even when her physical condition requires her to do so.  She's trying to get her fledgling company started and Suzanne and Daniel, the owners of the B&B are kind enough to insist that hers be the archaeological firm that digs up the back yard to make sure it's okay to build a swimming pool.

Faye's husband, Joe, is her partner and works with her as well as her PhD. professor and formidable friend, Magda who has her three year old daughter Rachel with her.  They also have two young men rounding out their team.  They discover that there had already been a pool in the back yard, but they make other interesting discoveries as well, finding things that shouldn't be there considering the age of the home.  Then one of the B&B employees goes missing.  And a note is found with priceless artifacts asking Faye what the ethical thing to do is when they were found at a construction site.  Soon, Faye finds herself working for the Police Department as well as the B&B.  And then, in the attic of the B&B, she finds a priceless treasure that any archaeologist would give their first born to get their hands on.  Which she is about to do.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery.  It was fresher than most of the series novels I've read.  There was more than one mystery to solve and I had no clue who had committed the crimes until the end.  The writing is lean even though it has to do with archaeology, there isn't so much detail that I got bored.  Just enough to keep me interested.  The same with the police work and Joe's specialty in stone made weapons.  I'm interested enough to go back and buy the other five in the series to see how it all started.  There are a series of questions the author answers at the end that suggests Faye wasn't even an archaeologist when the series started and Joe was camping on her land.  I'm really intrigued to find out how they got to this point.  I'd suggest this novel to anyone that enjoys a mystery with a female lead, archaeology or history.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Feather Trilogy by Abra Ebner

I won't bother posting all the beginnings to each of the books, it would take too much space and I tend to be wordy. This is an older series and may have been reviewed to death previously, but here's my take on it. In Feather, I really didn't feel a connection to either of the main characters and felt that the drama or the danger could have been played up a lot more. Instead it took up a few pages. The end. I had no problem figuring out who the cat was from the start. And I didn't feel any chemistry between Elle and Edgar.

In Guardian, I felt more connection between Elle and Sam than I ever felt between Elle and Edgar. And where was this so called use of anything your afraid of they'll use against you. I was expecting Edgar to be in precarious situations on their journey all through their journey to find him, but other than hearing his voice from the Griffin's mouth, seeing him in the painting and then rolled in vines, none of it seemed terribly traumatic. I will say Elle's reaction to what happened to him at the end of book one was realistic, but that was about it.

In Raven, I was so tired of the touches and glances, I was about to put the book down. In a millenium they never had sex? Please. And the timing was a little off for 3 days and her to get morning sickness. I couldn't understand the Heidi part. Had she kept all the "Wiccans"? And couldn't a better name have been found the Others would have been better than that. The only time I felt any emotion was when Elle found out what she'd have to do to be with Edgar again. And then I did actually get teary eyed at the very end when Sam and Edgar took her back.

And then there is the page with the beginning with Sam's story. Is the author going to write another book? Now I'm hooked into the series. I want to know what happened. I think Raven was the best book of the three. Maybe the author's writing improved as she went along, as expected, but the proofreader didn't. There were a few gramatical mistakes, but I'm not perfect either.



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